Commonwealth Games 2010: England team arrives India as first contingent

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A 47- member Commonwealth 2010 games participants from England are the first contingent to arrive Delhi, India, few days before the opening ceremony of the games starting on October 3, this year according to reports on the games site.

The Organising Committee of Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi on Friday welcomed the 47 sportspersons and team officials as England set the pace for the arrival of contigents.

They consist of the England hockey and lawn bowls teams as more are expected by the weekend.

Commonwealth Games England and its 17 member sports unanimously agreed that they will go to the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, an official statement had earlier said.

“Chef de Mission Mr Craig Hunter, and our team in Delhi, are now seeing the improved levels of resourcing which are required to resolve the significant operational issues, but we will continue to monitor the situation daily to ensure the Village and stadia are safe and fit for purpose,” the issue statement said.

“The Board continues to press the Organising Committee of the Commonwealth Games Federation for assurances on both the stadia and the accommodation as well as liaising with the British Government. At all times the safety and security of our team is paramount,” it said.

Commonwealth Games Federation President Mr. Mike Fennell, who arrived India  on Thursday night, said: “I am certainly pleased to arrive in Delhi to the news that Australia has moved into the Village to ready for the arrival of their athletes, and with the confirmation late on Thursday that England and Wales will be on their way to Delhi shortly. Already so many athletes from around the Commonwealth have started their journey to Delhi.”